A former Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., police recruiit believes computer disks circulated among classmates were intended for cheating, reports the Charlotte Observer. Police announced in February that disks containing questions and answers to police academy tests had been passed among recruit classes since 2000. Investigators have been trying to determine whether recruits thought they were using a study guide or knew they had exact test questions. “It was not a study guide,” said Marcos Bomfim, who resigned from the academy Feb. 12. He talked with some of his classmates, and “we knew we were cheating. It was clear. We talked about it.” Bomfim, 49, spoke to the Observer on Wednesday — the same day 22 of his former classmates became police officers.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Darrel Stephens said an internal investigation should be complete in two or three weeks. Stephens will determine appropriate discipline for those involved and share the results with the public. Stephens told recruits and their families at the training-academy ceremony: “We are going to hold everyone accountable for what they need to be accountable for, but we will do it with a sense of purpose.” Members of all recruit classes since 2000 — including the one that graduated Wednesday — could face a range of discipline from a reprimand to being fired.